The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center

Originally built in 1892 as the Lindell Pavilion Streetcar shelter, the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center is a historically significant component of the extensive restoration of Forest Park. With its distinctive Spanish architecture and clock tower, the Visitor Center serves as a central hub for visitor information and education, and it also houses a beautiful banquet facility and meeting rooms. It is situated on the north side of the Park in close proximity to the Missouri History Museum and the Dwight Davis Tennis Center.

What Awaits You at the Visitor Center

  • Forest Park Forever Offices
    Need to renew your membership? Meet about a tree donation? We're here to help between 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Need to call us? We're at 314.367.PARK (7275).
  • Forest Perk Café
    Grab a coffee or lunch at this popular spot. Breakfast and lunch served all day. Phone number: 314.961.7588 ext. 275
    • Hours:
      May 1–November 1: 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. every day
      November 1–May 1: 7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Monday–Friday; 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
  • Helpful Volunteers
    Volunteers from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission cheerily staff the desk here, answering questions of all kinds. 
  • Meeting Rooms for Rent
    Visit this page to learn more.
  • Variety Wonderland Playground
    Located just west of the building is the Dennis & Judith Jones Variety Wonderland Playground, a half-acre, state-of-the-art playground specifically designed for ALL children — able-bodied and those with disabilities.
  • Locker Room Access
    With the Visitor Center serving as a major trailhead for the recreational path, we offer a membership program giving access to secure restrooms, showers and locker facilities. Visit this page for more information.
  • Brochures
    Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a free brochure to help you enjoy your visit to Forest Park!
    • Visitors Guide & Map
    • VEC Facility Rental Brochure
    • Fish: At least 25 species of fish are present in the lakes and linear waterways of Forest Park.
    • Insects: Learn more about insects, and identify Forest Park’s tiniest inhabitants.
    • Land Birds: Lists many of the varieties of birds and indicates good locations for bird watching.
    • Mammals: Helps you locate, identify, and appreciate a variety of the Park’s mammals.
    • Birds: Provides descriptions and pictures of the birds that inhabit Forest Park, as well as a lesson in protecting the fragile balance of nature.

Questions? Please contact Forest Park Forever’s Facility Manager, Steve Burkhardt, by email or by calling 314.367.7275.

Helpful Info

  • Address: 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
    St. Louis, MO 63112 (Google)
  • Café: 314.361.4477
  • Meeting Room Rentals: 314.367.7275
  • Event Catering, Catering St. Louis: 314.961.7588
  • Forest Park Forever: 314.367.PARK

Operating Hours
(Summer 3/1-11/30)

Mon.- Fri.: 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Operating Hours
(Winter 12/1-2/29)

Mon.-Fri.: 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.: 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Visitor Center Amenities 

  • Convenient central location
  • Walking distance from Forest Park MetroLink location
  • Ample free parking
  • Free wireless access
  • Inclusive playground just outside the doors
  • Secure locker rooms